Ireland’s first female President Mary Robinson has put her west of Ireland estate up for sale.
Quoted at a price of $3.1 million, the 113-acre Massbrook House in Co. Mayo enjoys almost a mile of lakeshore frontage along the beautiful shores of Lough Conn, looking back on to a stunning mountainous backdrop.
Robinson was the seventh person to serve as President of Ireland and the country's first female President, holding office from 1990 to 1997. She was also the first President not to have had the support of Fianna Fáil. Robinson instead stood as an Independent candidate nominated by the Labour Party, the Workers' Party and independent senators after rising to prominence as an academic, barrister, campaigner and member of the Irish Senate.
Robinson was widely regarded as a transformative figure in Ireland, fighting for LGBT rights through the decriminalization of homosexuality and fighting to liberalize the law on the availability of contraceptives in Ireland, as well as reaching out to millions of people of Irish descent worldwide through her diaspora campaign.
Since leaving office she has continued to work for the improvement of human rights on a global scale, serving in the U.N. as High Commissioner for Human Rights. She currently chairs the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice and is the Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin.
The former President bought the property with her husband Nick in 1994 and leaves now just as the couple plan to downsize. Designed by the Victorian architect Sir Thomas Drew, the house dates back to 1890 and overlooks one of Ireland’s most stunning lakes.
Described as a “veritable walker’s paradise,” the main house is accompanied by fantastic gardens and grounds which Robinson herself has called “a haven of peace and tranquillity.”
At over 120 years old, Massbrook, of course, has an interesting history and once hosted the 1928 Olympic gold medallist Lord Burghley while he was on his honeymoon. Lord Burghley, on whom the character of Lord Andrew Lindsay in the film ‘Chariots of Fire’ was based, is rumored to have hurdled over Massbrook main gate, which was certainly a feat if true.
Within the house itself, which extends some 6,800 sq. ft, are four reception rooms and five bedrooms (three of which are ensuite). A drawing room and dining room stand either side of the entrance hall, each featuring a fireplace with a marble surround and hardwood flooring.
A kitchen quarters, billiard room and study round of the ground floor while the first floor holds five bedrooms with stunning views of the lake and and library as well as a guest/staff apartment.
Located just three hours from Dublin and 40 minutes from Ireland West International Airport, it’s easy to see why Massbrook is described as a “piece of paradise” and much interest is expected from home and abroad.
International interest in Irish property has been on the rise as of last with thanks to the market’s good value and the lifestyle that’s on offer.
“Our house prices are 25% higher than in 2002 whereas UK house prices increased by 115% in the same period. Purchasers always respond to good property and good value,” Roseanne de Vere Hunt, Head of Country Homes in Sherry FitzGerald.
More info on the property can be found here.